body by nature

By Elaina Zachos

One of my favourite pantry staples is apple cider vinegar. Made from raw, unpasteurized apples it is traditionally made by fermenting freshly pressed apple juice for four to six weeks at room temperature.1  A bacterium called Acetobacter is usually used for the fermentation.2

Some of the minerals in apple cider vinegar include; potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium. 3 Other benefits of ACV are;

Vinegar may help lower glucose levels and was found to lower the glucose levels of people with Type II Diabetes in a 2007 study.4
There is initial evidence that vinegar may help slow down the rate at which our stomachs pass food along to our intestines which means better control of our blood sugar when eating high carb meals.5

Skin will be more Toned. Use 1 part apple cider vinegar to 10 parts water to dilute and apple to clean skin.
According to the book, Home Medicine by Dr. R. G. Harvis, two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey in a cup of water can treat chronic fatigue, headache, obesity, insomnia, kidney inflammation, sore throat, and arthritis. 6

Although it is acid, in the body it has an alkalinizing effect.
My favorite way to use ACV is in salad dressing. Make a simple vinaigrette; 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix and serve.

Do use caution with apple cider vinegar, undiluted it can damage the esophagus and other parts of the digestive tract as well as tooth enamel. Undiluted apple cider vinegar should not be applied directly to the skin. It can interact with various drugs and if you have any health concerns you should 

It's That Plant Feeling

Table Vinegar and Industrial Vinegar

Vinegar is at the top of the list of common household items that can be found in every market and kitchen as well. For a very long time, mankind has used vinegar for medicinal and culinary purposes.

When it comes to foodstuff, vinegar is usually used for cooking healthy, light meals. It infuses a heavenly tart taste and minimizes the need for other unhealthy ingredients like cream, butter, sugar, oil, and so on, thanks to the ability to balance the flavors.

On the other hand, industrial vinegar is primarily used outdoors. Professionals use it to kill weeds. Bear in mind that industrial vinegar is dangerous for indoor cleaning. In concentrations over eleven percent, acetic acid can burn your skin and ultimately cause eye problems.

The vinegar we use to prepare food contains only four to seven percent of acetic acid concentration. All in all, the difference between these two vinegar types is in the amount of acetic acid concentration..


One of the largest sectors for industrial vinegar is the carpet cleaning industry where it is used in carpet rinsing. According to Supreme Cleaning Services they use 900 gallons per year. This is used to rinse the carpets after cleaning to rinse out the detergent left after cleaning. ALT Gutter Cleaning Crawley also commented that they wide use 90% Acid Acid industrial vinegar in drain cleaning


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